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Roberson Mansion

Binghamton, New York
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

With its beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows, the Roberson Mansion in New Yorkâ??s Southern Tier has more than breathtaking architecture and a great sense of history. It seems to have ghosts.
Built in 1904, the Roberson Mansion in Binghamton, New York was constructed for Alonzo Roberson, Jr. and his family.

The site originally opened to the public in 1954. Since then, visitors to the Mansion have reported the sensation that they are not alone or that they are being watched. Strange noises and cold spots are reported as well as mysterious footsteps where no living person is seen walking. Doors reportedly slam when people are being too nosy, so stick with your tour guide! Perhaps most interestingly, some visitors have reportedly met Alonzo Jr. himself in the elevator.

Active in the community and a gifted businessman, Alonzo Jr. and Margaret were glad to give back to the local folks and organizations that supported their vision. When Alonzo Jr. died in 1934, in his will he left the mansion to the community for educational purposes (although it seems he didnâ??t specify exactly in what form that education might be). His wife died 20 years later in another of their Binghamton-area homes.

There seems nothing to be frightened of in the Roberson Mansion. People believe the ghostly presences they sense in Roberson Mansion are none other than Alonzo and his wife, Margaret, reliving a loving and beautiful time from the lives they shared together. Or perhaps this is part of the education that Alonzo wished forâ??giving visitors hope that there is an existence beyond simple death…
The Mansion is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday except on major holidays and the first two weeks of January.

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ashley wheeler says:

October 20, 2005, 5:21 pm

im all into the ghost and everything.. i have always wanted to stay somewhere or go somewhere where there is activity
i might have to make a trip up and see what happens .thanks for your time

marcus says:

December 20, 2005, 9:42 am

Holy **** i was there in that mansion on sunday

BAM says:

February 1, 2006, 1:55 pm

I live about four or five minutes down from the mansion…it’s extremely creepy if you look at it from the outside…of course most haunted places do…lol..anyways, that’s freaky

HOOD STAR says:

February 12, 2006, 1:28 pm

YOU GUYS SOUND RETARTED YOU WERE NOT THERE SUNDAY YOU
WAS AT YO MAMAS HOUSE

jessica says:

February 22, 2006, 8:22 pm

i am definatly up for starting a local ghoast hunting club.a group of about maybe 5 or 6 people take pictures at cemetaries and historic location in this area.i never believed in ghoast until i live in a house on davis street.we lived there for 5 yrs and didn’t realized it was haunted until that 5th year.we didn’t believe in ghoast or any paronormal stuff,so the things we saw were mistakened as a trick of mind.i saw a blurry outline of a young girl,and shadows of people gliding across my bed room at night.it was really shocking,but i just thought i was going crazy,so i never told in my family about it.i finally mentioned it to my mother a whole two yrs after we had moved from the location in 1997.my mom who definatly without queastion does not believe in ghost said,”Oh you seen stuff there too,i was shore i was just going crazy then.”when she said that i was changed emotionally,and now am a firm believering in spirits,not demons or a devil.just lost people like us.my mother however still get mad when i mention anything about ghoast existing.she told me she rather just forget the whole thing ever happen.i gues she’s just still really creeped out about it.i go past that house alot still.someone lives there now,and i been wanting to ask them is they ever seen anything unexplainable in the home,but i just don’t know how to confront them.they may become uset with me if they don’t go for that ****,and just think i’m crazy,or just maybe they have noticed strange things.that way they might find some closure by the fact that someone who used to live there seen the same things,and there not losing their minds.my name is jessica,i’m 22yr and i live here in binghamton.if your interested,open-minded,and want to find out more explore this amazing still so unknown part of life with me,that is so misunderstood:please e-mail me at SHANZEEEEE@excite.com

Jess M. says:

February 22, 2006, 8:36 pm

i am definatly up for starting a local ghoast hunting club.a group of about maybe 5 or 6 people take pictures at cemetaries and historic location in this area.i never believed in ghoast until i lived in a house on davis street.we lived there for 5 yrs and didn’t realized it was haunted until that 5th year.we didn’t believe in ghoast or any paronormal stuff,so the things we saw were mistakened as a trick of mind.i saw a blurry outline of a young girl,and shadows of people gliding across my bedroom at night.it was really shocking,but i just thought i was going crazy,so i never told anyone in my family about it.i finally mentioned it to my mother a whole two yrs after we had moved from the location in 1997.my mom who definatly without queastion does not believe in ghost said,”Oh you seen stuff there too,i was sure i was just going crazy then.”when she said that i was changed emotionally,and now I’m a firm believer in spirits,not demons or a devil.just lost people like us.my mother however still gets mad when i mention anything about ghoast existing.she told me she rather just forget the whole thing ever happen.i gues she’s just still really creeped out about it.i go past that house alot still.someone lives there now,and i been wanting to ask them is they ever seen anything unexplainable in the home,but i just don’t know how to confront them.they may become upset with me if they don’t go for that stuff,and just think i’m crazy,or just maybe they have noticed strange things happening around there.that way they might find some closure by the fact that someone who used to live there seen the same things,and they’re not losing their minds.my name is jessica,i’m 22yr and i live here in binghamton.if your interested,open-minded,and want to explore this amazing still so unknown part of life with me,that is so misunderstood:please e-mail me at SHANZEEEEE@excite.com

Ashley Romero says:

April 7, 2006, 3:00 pm

I think thats creepy and i’ve seen some in Mexico too

Cheryl says:

April 12, 2006, 2:02 am

I know whenever I went to the Mansion I would get creeped out really bad.

bobbi says:

May 10, 2006, 11:45 am

i saw it too really scary….that was the ghost that gave my son head….lots of pleasure.

bobbi says:

May 10, 2006, 11:46 am

yep that was deff a classy remark, mhmmm slob on my knob

cynthia says:

August 16, 2006, 8:42 am

I can tell you that since I’m little,I’ve seen so many weird things!And I’ve always lovedthat kind of stories.Once there was a man who told me that my mind was like a portal cause I’ve suffered too much in my life and that spirits were attracted to me!Scarry!

Lacey says:

September 23, 2006, 8:45 pm

this is the closest haunted house to me im really scared ill never go to rochester again!!!!

Della Curcio says:

October 9, 2006, 8:04 am

Hi I am a Binghamton Resident and I have visited the Roberson Mansion many occasions and alot of times I would be in certain sections of the Mansion on my own. Let me put it this way you do not feel alone and you feel like someone is there with you or watching you and I have had those experiences plenty of times. If anyone visits Binghamton take a quick trip to the Roberson Musium you will never know what to expect, plus it is a beautiful home to explore all year round!

selene says:

October 26, 2006, 9:31 am

Well i don’t think that’s scary enough. I don’t believe that this house is haunted. Maybe some people spread these rumors to attract people. In my opinion, if someone doesn’t see something with his own eyes,he shouldn’t believe it!

anonomous says:

December 7, 2006, 1:34 am

My daughter and I were in the Roberson Mansion about 10 years ago. At that time I had not heard that it was haunted. We stepped out of the elevator and as I walked through the door of the Ball Room, I got a chill as if I was standing in front of a refrigerator and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. My daughter was ahead of me and turned around at the same time to ask me if I had felt that. She also felt the “CHILL”. We never heard or saw anything, but then we broke a speed record getting out of there. The lady at the desk ask if something was wrong as we flew past her, but we didn’t stop to tell her what had happened. I later met her and told her what had happened and she laughed and said I thought that was what was going on, concidering the paleness of both your faces. I have not been back since.

V.Adams says:

March 2, 2007, 3:46 pm

I believe the place may be haunted. I have been there many times as a kid and as an adult and it’s always had a “someone is watching you” vibe.

Like someone who posted above I had felt the cold spot thing too. Very weird!

Robert Hodge. says:

March 28, 2007, 1:24 pm

If anyone ever did the history of the Roberson center ,you would find that this piece of history shows that and I quote “Alonzo Jr. died in 1934, and Margaret continued to live in the Front Street home until she passed away in 1954. In Alonzo’s will, he stated that after Margaret passed away, the mansion would be left to the community as an educational center. Alonzo didn’t specify the type by name, but that’s part of what evolved in coming years.” So with in mind I am more than sure that the Roberson center in which I’ve have visited several times in my life because i have grown up here and have all of my children and family join me for the christmas forest as well as the ambience (not haunting)That the Robersons family wanted to have and I am more than sure that Alonzo Jr. and his wife, Margaret Hays-Roberson are present within the home as i know the feeling and experienced sense of being watched as they are watching with joy as the are truly good souls and in there life on earth as we know it by the cherishble acts they did in life (Like his father, Alonzo Jr. was an astute businessman and very active in the community, well beyond business interests. Eve Daniels, curator for the Roberson Center, said Alonzo and Margaret were generous with the organizations they believed in, but didn’t seek publicity. They were not a flamboyant couple, compared to nearby neighbors the Kilmers. )So with that being said yes your in the presents of 2 of Binghamtons most loving souls. So drop buy The Robersons home and feel welcomed not scare as this is exactly what the dreamed of and are smiling in joy at there visitores and remeber to repect there home as you would have your home respected because they watchin and in joy.Just have a seat in small study off the ballroom opposite the beautiful staircase and empty your mind and think back in history to there time and you will experience life with the Robersons.Remember to enjoy the history that you are in direct link of, dont be afraid be ENCHANTED ! Bye for Now

valerie says:

June 15, 2007, 11:34 am

I haves see ghost for my house is haunted. I haves a little girl and a older man he was standing in my room by my door. I got really scared at first but know i am ok. I am have seeing a lot of ghost.

valerie says:

June 15, 2007, 11:37 am

I have seen a omish man in my room.

keyne says:

May 4, 2008, 8:39 pm

I’ve lived in Binghamton for 17 years (SouthSide yea yea ^.~) anyways… i practically grew up in Roberson (the observatory is awesome!) I even did Irish dancing there for a few fundraisers. On many occasions i’ve felt cold spots, but it’s a really old mansion so that’s not too scary (it’s rather normal) One thing that had happened to me was when I was there with my boyfriend; we were poking around in the dinning room when i heard a clap. (i was in the doorway facing into the room) to the right are two doors (one in each corner) the door furthest away was where i we heard the noise. Joshua (my bf) wanted to leave but i checked it out. The door had no handle, just a hole and keyhole. I tugged on the door and it started to open; it opened about 6 inches and then slammed shut, cutting my finger. Joshua ran over to see what happened and i told him to open the door. He opened it no problem and all that was in there was a broken chandelier on the tile(bathroom tile?) floor. Two seconds later we heard footsteps behind us. We both whipped around thinking we were going to get in trouble but nothing was there. (>.<) it was creepy but i didn’t really get that ooooo evil ghost vibe; it felt more like someone was about to scold me (an “i’m in trouble” feeling) i know it’s not THAT spooky but it’s true (^.^) keyniebean99@aol.com

your moma says:

June 3, 2008, 8:53 am

holy moma!!! i was there last tuesday!!!! doing a tour!!!! ****!!!

MS says:

July 7, 2008, 12:55 am

I lived around the corner (on Seminary Ave) from that place all last year and I had no idea it might be haunted. Though, it is creepy and oddly abandoned looking…

Former Employee says:

August 19, 2008, 12:48 am

I first started going to Roberson Center when I was seven or eight: our class always went to the Christmas Forest exhibition.

I was also in the photography club there: the dark room is (or was – probably not there any longer) in the basement of the mansion, under the kitchen.

And then later on, after high school, and while I was going to college, I worked at Roberson. I was often up on the third floor where the ballroom, billiard room and so-called smoking room are located. (There really is nothing else up there except the elevator shaft and a few closets.)

The smoking room – the door to it is in the far right corner of the ballroom as you face the sitting area with the built in bench – was always a little strange. I always felt there was something in that room: I don’t know what, just some sort of presence.

And in the billiard room is a door that leads to a staircase that goes up to the musician’s gallery in the ballroom. All the time I was involved with Roberson (20+ years!) I only twice went up to the musician’s gallery – because I had a horrible sense of dread when going up that little staircase. It was as though someone was telling me NOT to go up there. Very strange.

All in all it’s a really beautiful home – and well maintained while I worked there. The wood work on the first floor is particularly beautiful: the dining room is paneled in cherry – with built in cabinets near the kitchen wall. I don’t remember what wood is used in the “great room”, but it too is very beautiful.

And the stained glass windows on the landing of the staircase are really breathtaking. It’s a nice place to visit – but I doubt I’ll ever work there again.

heather says:

September 7, 2008, 11:04 am

sounds interesting. Do you have to pay to get into the mansion?

Maria says:

October 3, 2008, 5:58 pm

I go there all the time with my family and i always get a weird feeling when i am up on the third floor all by my self… like i shouldn’t be there kind of feeling.

Cynthia says:

October 24, 2008, 9:11 pm

This place sounds like one of the places that TAPS went in. I believe in ghosts, and of course I would never believe in something I didn’t see, however after I experienced some invisible thing walk into my room, of course I couldn’t move, it proceeded around my bed, and I could feel when it got on the bed cause the bed went down. I was half sleep but had just gotten in the bed after taking my son to a skating event. My then boyfriend was in the living room. I thought it was him cause whatever it was sat on the bed and I could swear it was taking off his socks, sounded just like when my boyfriend took his socks off. He was asleep on the sofa. So… until you have an experience, yeah it normal to not believe. All it takes is one time to have a incident happen then you have no choice but to believe. I know where hundreds of ghosts are… when the weatherview webcams were running I saw images appearing first like on a Etch n Sketch, and I have a few photos I manages to save. Weatherview.com had a album that I saved photos in so if they saved them. Unfortunately, the main photos I took were lost when yahoo deleted my account.

Dylan Wible age8 says:

November 15, 2008, 12:54 pm

I think my house is haunted.Theres this dark scary furnace room door right,so I open it and theres this thing holding onto me!Scary!

P Edwards says:

December 26, 2008, 1:50 am

When my children were younger, we took a visit to the mansion on my older daughter’s birthday-she was 7. With our group was my younger daughter, age 4, and a friend and her two girls one year older than each of my daughters.At the time we were there-there were no other visitors to the mansion…both of us adults were speaking to one of the tour guides on the first floor with the children standing near by, but at the base of the big marble stairwell. My younger daughter looked up the stairs and started waving and giggling!!! When I asked her who she was waving at, she said-“Mommy that man with the funny bow on his neck is making me laugh!”..the tour guide then proceeded to point out a picture of Mr. Roberson to my daughter and she said..Mommy that’s the man that was making me laugh!..it creeped me out big time. My daughter also used to see “Angels” flying around the alter at St. Patricks church in Binghamton during Sunday Mass when she was the same age..no one coerced her into thinking that there were angels in the church, nor did anyone ever make the “suggestion” that maybe she look for them..once she turned 5-she no longer saw anything until we went to Gettysburg PA the week before Christmas in 2007..we were all witness to some very strange occurances such as hearing cannon fire on the battle field, pipe and drums in the grove, and many other things while we were there…it was awesome, but in a sad way.

Sarah says:

March 19, 2009, 8:31 pm

oh very nice. I was there today. I heard the ghosts callin’ my name, but than I found out that the oven was running. LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

megan says:

April 16, 2009, 12:57 pm

this is a cool story i want to visit this place some day but i live in arkansas

Kerri Brummitt says:

August 31, 2009, 9:10 pm

I live not to far away from the mansion here in binghamton and I had no clue that the place was haunted. But everytime I would drive past it and look up to it, it just seemed creepy. Now that i know some of the history and that it could possible be haunted i am there! Im big time into the paranormal and would love to see something for myself. Just this past week i visited Fort Consitution in Portmouth NH that is said to be very haunted and was on an episode of Ghost Hunters! Totally awesome!

Mike says:

October 14, 2009, 8:51 pm

CAN YOU ALL LEARN HOW TO SPELL AND TALK LIKE A NORMAL AMERICAN! GOD IT LITERALLY HURT TO READ THE PASSAGES YOU HAVE ALL READ! I REALLY HOPE NONE OF YOU ARE/ OR ARE RELATED TO ENGLISH TEACHERS.

ryan says:

October 25, 2009, 9:28 am

Mike, what you wrote really was not any better. lol.
I live in in binghamton and have been to the museum countless times. I myself have never witnessed or felt anything as i have been through the whole mansion, but my brother on the other hand has. he says that him and his friend were looking into a bedroom and he says he could see the imprint of someone sitting on the bed, also he says he heard a piano playing by itself as no one was upstairs with them. Creepy!

Matt says:

November 12, 2009, 12:32 am

I am currently seeking SERIOUS MINDED! individuals that are interested in the paranormal. I am trying to put together a team of investigators that would like to do parnormal investigations in the southern tier. Please shoot me an email at audiobahnfreak69@yahoo.com if you are interested. I do have some equipment (EMF detector, video camera, digital recorder and night vision camera) Please contact me ASAP thank you

foreverx3dreamer says:

December 11, 2009, 12:51 pm

uhmm, ghoast?
before you go making fools of yourselves you might want to learn how to spell. after youve realized its spell GHOST then you should porbably put a protection spell on you guys. considering ive been followed and now i am very close with ghosts, i know there are negatives. so you might want to actually look up some procautions.

Sara R. says:

January 29, 2010, 11:55 am

I would love to investigate Roberson. I live in Endwell and the only times that I’ve been there is for school.

belluu says:

May 10, 2010, 1:48 pm

I don’t believe in ghosts and I don’t think that there’s paranormal activity in there. People seeing ghosts or other scary things or hearing weird noises does not mean that there really are ghosts. You can (almost) always find a logical explanation for these activities. For example, if you hear crack noises from TV sometimes, that means that temperature is changing which makes such noises. That same explanation goes to other stuff too. Seeing thing can be trick that your eyes made, especially when you have just been reading scary stories or thinking of them then your brains gives you such picture as there really is something because you’re scared enough to have such imagination. There are many examples to tell but I won’t write them here. But whatever you hear or see, think that there’s no ghosts but it you’r imagination that trick on you. There can’t be such things as ghosts. Always, think logically.

Casey says:

May 10, 2010, 1:51 pm

Yeah, I agree with Belluu. Yeah temperature changing is the reason and that is so old house already. Old stuff and etc. which makes noises even easier.

Old employee says:

June 15, 2010, 2:02 pm

I use to work at Roberson Museum, I would have to come in early mornings to open up the museum…I always had an uncomfortable feeling. One day I was in the old elevator (the one with the gate,in the mansion) before opening and I had someone or something whistling in my ear behind me…to this day it still freaks me out.

Saduni says:

January 23, 2011, 8:57 pm

What kind of people believe in these stuff? It’s just so imaginative. I’m 11 and i really was not scared of the movie exorcist, seriously

Ghostlystate says:

February 5, 2011, 3:59 pm

I visited this museum back in 1999 while visiting the university in town and I felt uneasy while walking around the house with the other person I was with. There was no one else visiting the museum while we were there until later on in our walk around the house. On the second floor I walked into a room that was dark but had windows so some daylight was coming in. I went into the large room alone and turned to my left and saw a figure and screamed because it startled me I ran out of the room because I thought it was a joke being played on me then turned back to see who it was and no one was there and the figure was gone. I continued the tour with the person I was there with to the third floor and it was earily quite and I felt creeped out like someone was watching us and I had to get out of there. Once I was back in the science centre I felt better.

scary_ghosts says:

February 7, 2011, 11:39 am

I have been to the roberson center and it really is that scary. I didn’t see any images or anything like that. It does have a weird feel to it though. It does feel like someone is watching you.

Kim says:

April 1, 2011, 8:31 pm

I went to the mansion with a guy this last July as we went ghost hunting there. I took a small recorder with me, to try to see if I could get an EVP aka unexplained voices. When the guy I was with was talking to the guy who worked there, my recorder that I had turned off and put in my pocket, came on by itself! Holy you know what! And I know now the reason why it came on is that a women recorded herself on the recorder! I played it back when I got home, and I heard a women laughing. She thought it was funny to scare me lol! I take it to be the wife of Mr. Roberson. Funny but scary!

Della Curcio says:

April 22, 2011, 7:28 pm

Well I will give everyone an update on Roberson Mansion Over the holiday seasons I have took photographs and I would have one picture in a piticular area have a glowing orb above the grand piano. Is it a coincedince that out of the whole mansion only one room would have the ball of light. It is not dust nor a reflection of light? Who knows but it is very interesting. It could have been a favorite room where the family hung together.If anyone has taken pictures or will take pictures keep a sharp eye you may come across somthing! Thanks For reading!

Tanayjah says:

May 7, 2011, 6:38 pm

wow ive been to this museum for school feild trips but i have never herd of it beeing haunted i think imma have to check it out…… ps yea a gohst huntting club sounds fun can i join if yall do it cuz im not scarded i any thing

Ice Bitch says:

May 23, 2011, 2:03 pm

This really turns me on….

Barbara says:

October 19, 2011, 8:41 am

i have heard about roberson, but the mansion across the street is haunted! i am a long time resident of binghamton and my husband had an office in the back a few years back. i would go in at night to take care of files and do computer work. that is when you had a computer room. well one night i was there alone on the second floor when i felt very cold and had the feeling someone was watching me. i turned around and looked out the door and saw nothing, but felt very uneasy. i decieded to leave. i went down the stairs to the first floor and opened the door to the main hallway, at the end of the hallway there is a huge fireplace with 2 large chairs. i stop dead because i saw 2 white ghostly figures sitting in the chairs. i asked if i could help them (i didn’t know what else to do i had to go by them to get out of the building)the figures just got up and disappeared. i went straigh home and my husband said i was white and asked if i felt okay. i told him what had happened and never went back alone at night again.

betty lou who says:

October 26, 2011, 9:53 pm

Roberson is not haunted!!! Know one has ever passed away in the house or on the grounds. Its just a big creepy house!

Kelly Best says:

October 3, 2013, 10:49 am

I was there last December(2012) with a friend of mine. I took my camera and in most rooms I took a picture, there were orbs especially up the staircase. In one room I had a hard time getting a photo without it being blurry and I knew there was spirits there, I could feel them. Upstairs in the ballroom, it was a little heavy to breath. I loved taking pictures, another friend of mine and myself like to ghost hunt and we seem to attract them. I want to go back again this year.

Candy Hawblitz says:

August 24, 2014, 9:03 pm

I just found the comment on “ghosts” in Roberson Memorial interesting. I grew up in Binghamton, NY and went to school at St. Patrick’s. Every noon hour I ate my lunch at Roberson Memorial and just walked through looking at all the beauty. There was never anyone there at that time…in the 60’s around noon. In the early 70’s, I often took my daughter there to see the Indian exhibits and again…all the beautiful things. But I never saw a “ghost”. Instead I always felt a sense of great peace. It was SO beautiful, and I always wanted to live there when I married. LOL Of course, we couldn’t buy it as it was a Museum, but I used to dream about that home.

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